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March 29, 2005 | John Horn, Times Staff Writer
The producer of an Academy Award-nominated documentary short is complaining that this year's Oscar-winning film in that category deceptively used reenactments, a charge that one of the winning filmmakers dismissed Monday as sour grapes. In a letter sent to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the producer of "Sister Rose's Passion" argues that "Mighty Times: The Children's March" competed "unfairly, flouting ethical standards set forth by the academy."
March 18, 2005 | Martin Miller, Times Staff Writer
The revolution may not be televised, but it will probably be reenacted. Around for decades, re-creating historical events for television is flourishing as never before. Once viewed as unsophisticated, hopelessly inaccurate and at times even cheesy, the reenactments are now a documentary staple able to inject thrilling action sequences and emotional complexities into the conventional, staider format of narration, static visuals, archival footage and talking-head interviews.
March 11, 2005 | Paul Brownfield, Times Staff Writer
There are two ways to watch the Michael Jackson trial on television: on cable news, with its parade of in-studio lawyer-pundits and reporters stationed outside the courtroom, or on E! Entertainment Television, which is doing nightly dramatic reenactments of the day's testimony. Both views are distorted, by definition, but I wonder if it will be the entertainment channel's coverage, oddly, that ends up being the drier alternative. Yes, E!'
March 1, 2005 | Bob Baker, Special to The Times
The man about to become America's most-watched Michael Jackson impersonator grew up scared of the legend. Yet people kept telling him that he reminded them of Jackson. ("Little Mikey," a waitress called him.) So he powdered his face and won a costume contest at 17. He threw a turned-up fedora next to Jackson's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and danced for spare change. He performed at the Hollywood Wax Museum. He played high school halftime shows and birthday parties.
February 10, 2005 | From a Times staff writer
Edward Moss, an L.A. actor who has been impersonating Michael Jackson since 1996, has been selected to play the pop singer in the dramatic reenactments of his trial on E! Entertainment Television. The channel's "The Michael Jackson Trial," based on testimony from the Santa Maria courtroom where Jackson faces child-molestation charges, will air nightly once jury selection is completed.
January 13, 2005 | From Associated Press
An American and a British television company have found a way around the ban on cameras at Michael Jackson's child-molestation trial: dramatic reenactments. E! Entertainment Television and satellite company British Sky Broadcasting are joining to present daily re-creations of the trial, executives said Tuesday. Court transcripts will be used to highlight the previous day's testimony and court events.
December 26, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Thousands of spectators along the Delaware River were disappointed when fast-flowing waters forced the reenactment of Gen. George Washington's historic crossing to be canceled for the third straight year. The rush of water, caused by recent heavy rains, was too much for reenactors to replicate the 1776 feat by Washington and his Revolutionary War troops.
October 8, 2004 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
The nation's capital has always been crazy about its Redskins, but the year Vince Lombardi was head coach saw such deafening pandemonium that urbane TV commentator Heywood Hale Broun was impressed enough to remark, "To the eternal question, 'Who am I?,' 'I am a Redskins fan' provides a convenient answer." As it was in Washington, D.C., so it was in Odessa, Texas, circa 1988, but, as detailed in H.G. Bissinger's "Friday Night Lights," even more so.
September 19, 2004 | Lee Romney, Times Staff Writer
It is known, to those who know it at all, as California's Trail of Tears. In 1863, U.S. soldiers rounded up Indian tribes across Northern California at Chico Landing in Butte County. Then they marched them across the sweltering Sacramento Valley, over the rugged North Coast mountains, to what was known then as the Nome Cult Reservation. Of 461 Indians who set out under guard, only 277 completed the 100-mile, 14-day trek. Many were abandoned, too sick to continue. Some escaped.
September 6, 2004 | Rone Tempest, Times Staff Writer
The column of young Mormon pilgrims stretched for nearly a mile as the sun set over the glacial peaks of Wyoming's Wind River mountain range. Teenagers clad in 19th-century pioneer outfits strained mightily to pull unwieldy wooden handcarts over rocky terrain while keeping an eye out for rattlesnakes. Nervous broods of sage grouse scattered as the first trekkers approached. Poised on nearby ridgelines, pronghorn antelope kept a wary vigil.
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